In the clearest language possible, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said any continuing resolution bill that also defunds Obamacare is going nowhere.
"I want to be absolutely crystal clear: Any bill that defunds Obamacare is dead. Dead," Reid said at a press conference on Thursday. "I'm disappointed that he's decided, from what I've heard, he's going to move forward with the full knowledge that it's a futile effort."
Reid was flanked by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), two members of the Democratic leadership in the Senate.
Reid said Republicans were just trying to make an ideological point by pushing a continuing resolution that also defunds Obamacare.
"They're really putting the nation's economic recovery at risk to make an ideological point," Reid said.